A kitchen and bathroom company has ceased trading – leaving customers thousands of pounds out of pocket.
Norwood Interiors has closed the doors at its Brighouse and Mirfield showrooms after running into financial difficulties.
It is understood that a number of customers have paid deposits – totalling tens of thousands of pounds – for bathrooms or kitchens.
A statement by the company said it had closed due to a 50% fall in weekly sales since the beginning of the year.
It said its order book had declined from £700,000 to £275,000 forcing the directors to seek professional advice and “with great regret” it was decided that the business could no longer trade.
The company, formed in 1985, had opened a showroom at Whiteley’s Garden Centre in Mirfield and said it had a “dramatic and positive impact helping to generate new business and improving margin.”
However, a changing market had led to a slowdown in sales and the decision was taken to cease trading. The firm’s Leeds showroom closed last month.
The directors are working with insolvency practitioner Charles Brook, partner at the Huddersfield office of Poppleton & Appleby.
Phone calls to Norwood Interiors were answered by a recorded message saying: “Unfortunately, our showroom is now closed” and advising customers to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A sign in the window at the showroom in Spring Street, Brighouse , reads: “Due to unforeseen circumstances the showroom is closed. We apologise for any inconvenience.”